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On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens - town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing - even murder - to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

©2009 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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  • Stacey
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 02-21-10

Too long!

It was a very interesting story and I wanted to get into the book. But no matter if it is an audio book or a hard copy, this book is TOO long to enjoy.

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More than a book

This is a very good story brought to life by a great narrator. It becomes more than a book with the life the Mr. Esparza breathes into each characters voice. It's more than a book, and more than a movie. Incredible.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dion
  • VAN HORN, TX, USA
  • 02-19-10

primetime95

I was spell bound from the first to the last minute.And I have A.D.D

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  • June
  • Bedford, TX, USA
  • 02-14-10

Disappointing

I love Stephen King and think he is a master of both plot and language. However, this was such a disappointment in terms of language and character development. It started with an interesting premise and then seems like Mr. King wrote it without his usual passion and skills. I can't wait for his next novel and will consider this an anomoly.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Munroe Falls, OH, USA
  • 02-14-10

One of King's Best

It is long, but you will not put it down, it ranks up there with the Shining and Bag of Bones. You will get so mad at the characters and want to jump in the "dome" yourself.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not at all what you hoped for.

This is a prime example of an author so famous and so marketable that editors are terrified of even suggesting a red pencil to him. There is simply no reason this narrative needs to be told in--essentially--real-time. It is ponderous and plodding and generally very predictable with few exceptions. The characters are off-the-shelf for the most part, and if you've seen this book in print, you'd have to say it better be good to rival a cinder block in bulk, and it's just not. And definitely not to take way more than an entire (real) day to listen to.
It quickly starts to sound like a New England "Lord of the Flies" and quickly tries to "out-Fly" the "Flies". The ending/resolution (no spoiler here) is simply way too lame to justify everything before it. I love long, great novels and Stephen King, but this is way too boring and derivative. And it should have been over a lot sooner.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • Centerville, GA, United States
  • 02-14-10

Excellent!

I really enjoyed this classic King, and it was a bargain as well. I don't know what to think about the similarity to the Simpson's movie? LOL, a great listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Atascadero, CA, USA
  • 02-10-10

Made Me Like Stephen King Again

After having given up on Mr. King several years ago, I thought this book (I wonder if he got the basic premise from "The Simpson's Movie")sounded interesting and I'm glad I purchased it. The suspense was kept at a high level during the book and the "reader" did an excellent job with the material. I would recommend this audio book highly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ken
  • Arvada, CO, USA
  • 02-09-10

Lord of the Flies meets the Simpsons

This is just like the Simpsons Movie...just a not-funny adult version. The decline of humanity is identical to Lord of the Flies. Put the two together and you get Under the Dome. He's a great writer, no doubt, but I prefer the Simpsons Movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Y.
  • Washington, DC
  • 02-09-10

Snoozer

I'm sorry that I wasted a credit and 35 hours of my life listening to this book. Such a waste.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful